Remainer Sir Oliver has sparked outrage from his West Dorest constituency, which voted to leave the EU with a result of 51 percent to 46 with an 81 percent turnout in 2016. Regardless of his constituents, he has led a continuous and relentless plot to block Brexit and keep the UK shackled to the EU indefinitely. However, he has now announced he will not fight the next general election, which is expected to take place immediately after the October 31 deadline.
Now, he joins a list Remainer Conservative rebels who have announced this Parliament will be their last.
Despite confirming his imminent departure, he remains involved in cross-party talks to stop a no deal Brexit and failed to rule out supporting a no-confidence motion to bring Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government down in a desperate attempt to further thwart Brexit.
He also said though that he would not back the plot should it lead to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.
He told the BBC: “I’m not very inclined to do that if it could possibly be avoided, it’s not something I would do under any circumstances in normal life and I’d much prefer to find some other means of getting to a substantive result.”
Sir Oliver’s office sat they would not comment.
Recently, Sir Oliver revealed it was not clear whether Parliament could prevent a no deal Brexit, meaning teaming up with other parties is a last resort.
He said: “I am accepting that we may well not be able to stop no deal from happening. We are where we are.
“Nobody knows whether a no deal exit will be okay, not okay, very far from okay, or very bad indeed.
The Boris Johnson Government has continued to push ahead with plans to “turbo-charge” its no deal Brexit preparations.
Today, he met French President Emmanuel Macron for talks to drop the Irish backstop – a day after he saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mrs Merkel hinted Mr Johnson had 30 days to try to overcome the Northern Ireland border issue.
But today, Mr Macron said the withdrawal agreement and Irish backstop are “not just technical constraints or legal quibbling” but are “genuine, indispensable guarantees” to preserve stability in Ireland.
He said the Brussels bloc had “always said that it was available to discuss, depending on the wishes of the UK, our future relationship”.
Mr Johnson said that he wanted a Brexit that was as “pain-free as possible” whether or not there was a deal.
He said: ”A great deal of work has already been done to ensure that the transition on October 31 is as smooth as it possibly can be and so there are already agreements on aviation, on financial services, many other sectors.”
The two leaders met for the first time ahead of the G7 summit this weekend.